A-3, Skiddoo

Prime example of why total steel priorities were necessary last week (see p. 61) is the case of freight-car builders. Two months ago they were handed an A-3 priorities rating on steel. This put freight cars, of which the roads have 103,000 on order, in the same urgency class as Maritime Commission merchant ships. But with steelmakers choked on A-1 and A-2 orders and those of their regular civilian customers, car builders found their rating as useless as a next season's theater pass. The results, as reported in the Railway Age:

> American Car & Foundry's huge Berwick, Pa. plant...

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